Be an Exchange Student!
We are very disappointed to inform you of the decision to cancel both the Summer 2021 and the School Year 2021-22 Youth Exchange Programs. We encourage students to stay connected with our Club, especially if they plan to reapply next year.  Applications will open in September (due in October).  The maximum age for gap year students is 18.5-19 by July 1, 2022 (for a very limited number of countries).
The Hershey Rotary Club is part of Rotary International’s worldwide scholarship program through the local clubs that allows high school students all over the world to go to school in a foreign country for a year to broaden their experience and understanding of the wonderful world in which we live. 
The program is for students with above average scholastic achievements who would like to learn the culture and language of a foreign country, and to participate in the inter-country exchange of young ambassadors as has been provided by Rotary International for over 30 years. During recent academic years, the local Rotary District has sent students to more than 25 different countries. 
If you are interested in the Youth Exchange Program and would like to learn more, please contact Hershey Rotarians Richard Hann at or Susan Steadman at Information is also available at under the long-term program heading.
Youth Programs

Hershey Rotary Club supports the community’s youth through leadership programs, scholarships, monthly high school student recognition, and by sponsoring the Hershey Community Youth Alliance, a civic club bringing together Hershey High School and Milton Hershey School students. The Club also sponsors in bound foreign exchange students and outbound students who study in many locations around the globe. In addition to long-term (school year) exchange programs, Rotary also supports short-term summer exchange programs.

Rotary Student of the Month

Throughout the school year, Hershey Rotary Club honors a female and male Student of the Month from the Hershey, Milton Hershey and Middletown Area High School. The students are nominated by their schools' administrators who consider a student's academic standing and his or her commitment to the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self."  Each recipient receives a certificate of honor from the Hershey Rotary Club. The awardees may also attend a special luncheon and make brief remarks about their accomplishments and plans for the future and are invited to bring their parents or guests to attend the luncheon. 

Rotary Scholarships for Seniors

Each year, the guidance offices from Hershey High School, Milton Hershey School and Middletown Area High School, nominate students to receive a college scholarship from the Hershey Rotary Club. The Club presents each recipient with a $1,000 check at the schools' senior award assemblies. 

Hershey Community Youth Alliance (HCYA)

The Student Government Associations from Hershey High School and Milton Hershey work together as a Rotary Interact Club with the support of the Hershey Rotary Club. Throughout the school year, the student club works on community fundraising events and creates awareness about each other's schools through a day-long school exchange program and other events. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Hershey Rotary sponsors students from our local school districts to attend the annual Rotary District 7390 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. This distinguished program gives incoming seniors an opportunity to collaborate with peers from around the region. Attendees are recommended by the administration from their respective school districts' administration. 

Four-Way Test Speech Contest

Our club offers an opportunity for high school students from Hershey, Milton Hershey and Middletown Area High Schools to participate in the annual Rotary District 7390 speech contest. Students compete at the local, mid-level and district level for the honor and cash prizes. Learn more. 

Four-Way Test Essay Contest

Hershey Rotary Club also participates in the Rotary District 7390 Essay Contest. Designed for 9th grade students, each year the contest provides a topic that students must explore using the Rotary Four-Way Test. Students compete at the local level and district level for the honor and cash prizes. Read more. 

Why Be An Exchange Student?
Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. 

With Rotary's Youth Exchange program you will travel to another country, learn a new language, and experience the culture in this new land. You will live with host families as you learn about the culture as you continue your high school education.

As an unofficial ambassador for Rotary, your community and your country, you will bring the world closer together while you’re making lifetime friends.

Students spend a full academic year with two or more host families beginning in late summer. Host parents provide room and meals as well as support and guidance. The host Rotary Club provides a limited monthly spending allowance, a counselor, and supervision.

Although parents should be prepared to cover travel, health insurance and a few other costs for the outbound student, Rotary arranges travel and assists with visa arrangements. In some cases scholarships may be available to help defray exchange costs. Talk to our club contact  about your individual situation. 

There is also a short term exchange program that occurs each summer which involves a three week stay in a foreign country - this could be an alternative to consider as well.

If this experience sounds like something you or your child would like to learn more about,  contact Susan Steadman from the Hershey Rotary Club at or 717-319-2645 for more information. Learn more on the Rotary District 7390 website.